negCreep - if you feel painted into a corner with the socks and sandals combo, look into any "water" or "amphibious" shoes -- I esp. like Salomon's Techamphibian series. They have a mesh that breathes, but doesn't let your sock color show through, so they pass as regular trail-running shoes. Yes you can walk into water with them, and they dry fast, but you get away from the overage bachelor/eccentric programmer style. Oh this cut sounds nice too.